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Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

Petersburg Voters To Decide On Creation Of New Southeast Borough

While the rest of the Alaska is done with elections for a while, one is heating up in Petersburg. Voters there are deciding this month whether to create a new borough in Southeast. The proposal would dramatically expand municipal boundaries and the tax base for Petersburg and increase the population by about 10 percent.

December 11, 2012 - 5:43 pm
Beth Kerttula

Juneau State Legislator Gets To Know Expanded District

Juneau Democratic state representative Beth Kerttula is spending time this fall getting to know the residents and issues in several smaller Southeast Alaska communities that will be part of her district in 2013. Because of redistricting, Kerttula’s House District 32 will include Petersburg, Kupreanof, Gustavus, Tenakee and Skagway. She’s running unopposed for the seat and considers it an opportunity to represent an expanded district.

October 31, 2012 - 11:30 am

Campaigning Heats Up For Petersburg Borough Vote

Petersburg is far from the presidential swing state circuit and does not even have any contested state legislative races to weigh in on this fall. However, yard signs are up around town showing a political campaign of a different sort heating up this fall. Supporters and opponents of the creation of a new Petersburg borough are making their case through mailings and on the airwaves, editorial page and online.

October 31, 2012 - 11:26 am

Juneau Appeals Decision On Petersburg Borough

The City and Borough of Juneau is appealing a decision by the state’s Local Boundary Commission on the northern boundary of a proposed Petersburg borough.

October 25, 2012 - 4:21 pm

State Awaits Outcome of Remaining Roadless Forest Lawsuits

The state of Alaska has the only remaining legal challenge pending against a nationwide ban on logging and road building on roadless forest lands. That’s after the U.S. Supreme Court decided this week not to hear an appeal on a lawsuit brought by the state of Wyoming and a mining industry group from Colorado.

October 4, 2012 - 11:14 am

Icicle Settles EPA Complaint for Refrigerant Leaks

Icicle Seafoods has agreed to pay a fine over refrigerant leaks at some of the company’s seafood processing vessels and plants.

August 13, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Report Blames Current, Maneuvering Error For Ferry Crash

The Alaska Marine Highway has concluded that a strong tidal current and a maneuvering error by the captain of the state ferry Matanuska resulted in the May 7 crash with a seafood processing plant in Petersburg.

July 12, 2012 - 2:05 pm
School Funding Programs Extended For A Year

School Funding Programs Extended For A Year

A federal funding program key to Southeast school districts will remain in place for another year. An extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program is part of a recently passed transportation bill. The program has been a mainstay for districts in or near National Forests in and outside of Alaska.

July 11, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Fish Processor Won’t Reopen This Summer After Crash

Ocean Beauty Seafoods won’t be processing fish at the company’s cannery in Petersburg this summer because of damage from the state ferry Matanuska.

June 7, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Ocean Beauty To Keep Petersburg Plant Open

The seafood processing company Ocean Beauty says it will keep its Petersburg plant open in 2012, despite another low pink salmon forecast.

January 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Judge Harpoons Petersburg’s Redistricting Challenge

A Superior Court judge has ruled against Petersburg’s legal challenge of the Alaska Redistricting Board’s plan for new legislative districts.

December 12, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Group Calls for Protection of Prince of Wales Island Flying Squirrels

A western conservation group wants Endangered Species protection for flying squirrels on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. The group says logging on Tongass National Forest land is a threat to the animal’s survival.

November 15, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Fairbanks Seeks to Dismiss Redistricting Lawsuit

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is seeking to dismiss its lawsuit over Alaska’s redistricting plan. The decision comes after the city of Petersburg decided to drop the bulk of its claims it made in suing the Alaska Redistricting Board.

October 25, 2011 - 7:08 pm

Dive Fisheries see High Prices

Southeast Alaska’s commercial dive fishing seasons are underway this month (October) for red sea urchins, sea cucumbers and geoduck clams. The dive fisheries continue to see impacts from the region’s expanding population of sea otters.

October 6, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Federal Agency Says Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Needs More Input

A federal agency wants the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to provide more input before implementing a controversial catch sharing plan for halibut in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf.

September 29, 2011 - 5:45 pm
Native Corporation Finds Haida Canoe Near Kasaan

Native Corporation Finds Haida Canoe Near Kasaan

The Sealaska Corporation has uncovered an old Haida canoe on the corporation’s timber land near the Prince of Wales Island community of Kasaan.

July 18, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Troll Fleet Finishes First King Salmon Opening

Southeast’s commercial troll fleet finishes up their first summer king salmon opening just before midnight Tuesday night.

July 12, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Southeast Fleets Gets No Opportunity for Fishery Targeting

Southeast’s commercial fishing fleets this May had no opportunity for a directed fishery targeting Chinook salmon returning to the Stikine and Taku rivers, two trans-boundary rivers in central and northern Southeast.

July 11, 2011 - 6:28 pm

Coast Guard Officer Disciplined For Intoxication on Duty

The U.S. Coast Guard has made a change of command on the Petersburg-based cutter Anacapa permanent, following an investigation last month.

July 1, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Petersburg Welcomes New Reality Show

Family and friends welcomed the cast and crew of a new reality TV show as they pulled their jet skis up to the dock in Petersburg’s North Harbor Wednesday afternoon.

June 28, 2011 - 6:20 pm